PG&E Convenes New External Advisory Council on Sustainability, Releases Sustainability Report
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has convened a new external
advisory council to help guide the company’s sustainability efforts. The
council will provide input and recommendations to the utility as it
seeks to combat climate change and advance its clean energy,
environmental stewardship, economic development and community vitality
The announcement of the council’s formation accompanies the release of PG&E’s
2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report, outlining
its progress in safety, community involvement, environmental performance
and customer energy solutions, among other measures.
“Sustainability issues have never been more crucial to our customers and
the future of our state. This advisory council will be invaluable in
helping us understand our stakeholders’ perspectives on these issues and
finding opportunities to advance our shared goals,” said Tony Earley,
chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corporation.
The Sustainability Advisory Council brings together a diverse group of
experienced leaders representing environmental and sustainability
groups, community organizations, academia and policymakers. The group
will work directly with PG&E’s chief
sustainability officer and vice president of federal affairs and policy,
Melissa Lavinson, and PG&E’s other senior executives.
The council’s roles and responsibilities will include:
Actively identifying issues, opportunities and challenges related to
PG&E’s ability to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy
to Northern and Central California over the long term;
Providing insights, feedback and direction on PG&E’s sustainability
strategy and priorities;
Sharing experiences, perspectives and best practices for improving
PG&E’s sustainability performance; and
Offering feedback and recommendations on PG&E’s sustainability
reporting and transparency.
The council will meet twice a year, while also engaging company leaders
in a continuous exchange of information. Its members are:
Robert King Fong, Former Councilmember for Sacramento’s 4th Council
District and President, RKF Consulting
David Hayes, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Stanford
Law School and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American
Roland Hwang, Director, Energy and Transportation Program, Natural
Resources Defense Council
Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal, Energy Works LLC and
McKinney-James & Associates
Michelle Moore, CEO, Groundswell
Wayne Nastri, Co-President, E4 Strategic Solutions
Susan Tierney, Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino
Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
Heather Zichal, President of Zichal, Inc. and former climate advisor
to President Obama
“Providing solutions to combat climate change and managing its impacts,
creating pathways for economic opportunity, and advancing technology
innovation are all critical to ensuring a sustainable and vibrant
future―both in the U.S. and globally. PG&E has long been an industry
leader in terms of sustainability efforts, and by bringing together this
Advisory Council, PG&E is demonstrating it is serious about tackling
these challenges and doing so in a way that brings in multiple
perspectives and experiences. I am honored to participate as part of
this group and excited about the possibility of working with a company
that has a track record of stepping out and stepping up on these
issues,” said Heather Zichal, President of Zichal, Inc., a domestic and
international energy advisory consultancy, and former climate advisor to
“I commend PG&E for establishing a Council that reflects the diverse
issues and interests affecting both the company and its communities―as
well as the broader population. PG&E has rightly noted that
sustainability is but one aspect of our future. It’s also about multiple
elements, sometimes competing, and how we balance them―or don’t. I look
forward to participating in the Council and helping PG&E set a course
for the future that brings the promise and benefits of a clean energy
economy to all of its communities and customers,” said Arturo Vargas,
Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and
Appointed Officials Educational Fund.
The Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report details the
accomplishments PG&E achieved in 2014, notably:
Investing nearly $5 billion to enhance its infrastructure and improve
safety and reliability.
Delivering some of the nation’s cleanest energy, with more than half
of its electricity coming from resources free of greenhouse gases.
Leading the way as the nation’s top utility for rooftop solar
Achieving industry-leading supplier diversity results, helping
thousands of businesses to grow and hire.
Helping customers save $160 million on their energy bills through
energy efficiency, which also avoided more than 776,850 metric tons of
Volunteering 75,000 hours building homes and playgrounds, cleaning
state parks and mentoring students.
Providing career opportunities for veterans and women through its
PowerPathway™ workforce development program.
Collaborating to address the impacts of California’s drought,
including conserving water in its facilities and helping customers
save about 1.8 billion gallons through energy efficiency.
Extending its leadership on fleet electrification, introducing the
utility industry’s first plug-in electric utility truck that can also
provide power for up to 100 homes.
Devoting more than $23 million to community investments that enrich
educational opportunities, preserve the environment and support the
vitality of California communities.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/
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